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Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Imperial Stout
Masham, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & Bottle Conditioned, winter seasonal
Now an annual Christmas seasonal
From Yorkshire to Russia with Love. Black Sheep Brewery is one of 12 brewers each producing its own version of Imperial Russian Stout to take part in a grand tasting to be held in Saint Petersburg.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (2049) - Greater London, - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle sourced from Beer Hawk. Pours a curiously light and brown beer for an imperial stout. Actually it really tastes like a stronger and more boozy version of traditional Black Sheep beer, you can really get the house character. Some dry malt with licorice, bit of fruit cake, not so much of the powerful darker bits of the barrel one might expect from an imperial. Enjoyable.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4750) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Tried at the Lincoln beer festival 3017 8.5%. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma has big alcohol. Taste roasted malt but very sweet. Sickly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gangstergafje (1039) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2017
24-04-2017; bottle; PivBar, Moscow, Russia. The looks of the beer are great. The color of the beer is nice super dark brown, almost black. On top of the beer there is a nice layer of soft greyish brown foam. Nice. The smell of the beer is nice. I smell nice aromas of oak wood, giving a sour touch, toasty malts giving some aromas of coffee and chocolate and a tiny aroma of alcohol. Quite nice. The taste of the beer is also nice. Nice rather sour oakwood, bitter and sweet roasted malts and some nice sweet, bitter and sour hops. All the flavours aren in good balance. Actually quite nice. The palate is nice. Medium-full body, a bit watery texture and medium light carbonation. The finish is nice and filled with roast and oaky touches. Lovely beer, but not the best RIS (Russian Imperial Stout) Ive had. Ofcourse the Russian ones are better (even though the style originates from England, if Im not mistaken).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (2058) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 11, 2017
Pours deep chestnut brown with small beige head that soon transforms into moderate laces. Big fruit esters on nose accompanied by roasted malts and a light alcoholic note. Medium body. Malty flavour picture. The roast is obvious. Dried fruit, spirits, chocolate and coffee on ending. Low to light bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (1121) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thin lacy light beige head. Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, figs, raisins, plums, treacle. Taste is of chocolate, treacle, liquorice, dark fruits, toffee, bitter finish. Thick oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (10009) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle from Saltaire Wines, Saltaire. Very dark with a subdued strength in terms of its taste, which is quite smooth, but not very flavoursome.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10514) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle: Very deep ruby-amber coloured, small but persisting and lacy off-white head; moderate sweet caramelly-fruity nose with a certain amount of toasted malt in the second row; moderate and relatively dry bitter-sweet flavour, relatively light bodied for a beer of this strength; slightly lingering dryish bitter and toasty finish. Good, but lacking a certain complexity...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caribou43 (956) - Lausanne/Sevilla/Lima, SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2016
I bought this bottle at Amstein. I drank it at home. The body is black and thin and brown foam. The taste is with roasted malt, side of licor, vanilla, alcohol, a bit heavy but it is correct for the price, roasted malt and hop.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (770) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2016
Bouteille - De couleur noir avec une donne mousse beige mais qui tient bien - Au nez des armes de caf, de rglisse, de fruit confit, de raisin, lgrement madre, malt torrfi, terreuse - En bouche toujours beaucoup de caf et de malt torrfi, on retrouve le madre et les fruits confits, des houblon terreux qui apporte une bonne amertume - Corp moyen, amertume moyenne/forte, carbonatation correcte, sche, final caf amre et terreuse - garde un poule trop longtemps je pense do le ct un peu madre mais dans lensemble une bonne russian stout

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (1145) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2016
Noire mais pas dense, collet fuyant, liseret de bulle moyennes. Aromes reglisse, liqueur, chocolat mais un ton en dessous de ce a quoi je mattendais. Vive a lattaque mais avec une carbo qui manque de finesse en bouche, finale assez longue reglisse et cafe

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (1935) - Besanon, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl la brasserie, couleur noire, mousse blanche et effervescence peu prsente. Nez sur le caf, Attaque sur le caf assez grosse amertume sur les houblons et avec une petite longueur sur la rondeur.


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